I have a grouping of TMS symptoms that all started at once but are hard to understand. I have proceeded as if all of m problems are TMS but there is one symptom that I still have doubts about so I thought I would mention it here.
In December I changed my diet to a much healthier one, which involved taking away a lot of my favorite comfort foods. It was a reasonable diet with no extremes and it was much better than how I was eating before. After being on the diet for a week or so, I started to have some stomach problems, which has happened before when I’ve eliminated my comfort foods. It was a very healthy diet but it was as if my body was addicted to my comfort foods and didn’t want to give them up. Anyway, a few weeks later I was struck with EXCRUCIATING back pain that practically debilitated me and was 24/7. At the same time that I had the back pain, I also felt like I had NO core muscles and within a few weeks I also started to have ZERO bowel movements and my stomach muscles were totally slack. Nothing was found on any tests (went to several doctors including a GI doctor and also had MRI, xrays, ultrasound, etc) and when I started working on TMS, particularly after a couple of visits with a therapist at the Pain recovery Center, the pain was eventually reduced. It took a while but I have much less pain now. However, I still have a lack of core strength (which I didn’t have before the pain started in January) and an inability to bend over and distended/slack stomach muscles. I started to have bowel movements after I abandoned the diet and went back to my comfort foods.
I have heard from a few people that this still sounds like TMS. The part that confuses me is the distended stomach and lack of core muscles that make it seem like it is something structural. My mobility is still greatly reduced and I haven’t been able to find anything written about this in the TMS literature or forums. I don’t know if TMS can express this way.
I wonder if I should see a Pilates instructor to build core strength or if that would be treating this like a structural problem and take away from my TMS recovery. The therapist thought that Pilates would be fine because I would not be trying to get rid of the pain that way but would be getting back to my normal activity level.
I’m sorry it took me so long to be able to explain this. It’s all very confusing to me.
This weird bunch of symptoms that don’t coincide with things I have read about.